Just a reminder that emails and busted call enquiries will be delayed this week.
I am attending the Ham Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen and will be travelling between 0300 Thursday the 31st May and not returning home until Tuesday the 5th of June.
All Busted Calls and Direct QSL requests have been completed and cards sent up to 0700 today so please be patient if you submit an enquiry during this period as it may not be answered as fast as usual.
Thanks for your patience, 73 de Charles
Many of you can rememer the RI0B callsign sounding back in 2001 from Ushakova Island. Our team has decided to give this callsign a second breath. Moreover, one of our current team members (Andy Moiseev UA0BA) was the member of the old “Lost Islands” expedition too.
And so after his suggestion and blessing we’ve taken the same callsign RI0B for our new expedition again.
Our new expedition ‘Arctic legends 2018’ will take place in September this year.
The route is as follows:
Dudinka – Dickson – Firnley Islands (AS- 054), Tyrtova Island (AS-121 ) – Nansena Island ( AS- 104 ),
Skott-Gansena Island ( AS – 068 ), Arkticheskogo Instituta Islands( AS- 087 ) – Sibiryakova Island, ( AS- 005 ) – Dudinka
The crew of “Bristol” vessel under the leadership of Captain A.V. Patyukov
Igor Znamensky UA9KDF
Victor KuzYAKIN RW0BG
Andy Moiseev UA0BA
Andy Korobeynikov UA9LDD
Mike Kutyumov UA1QV
Igor Kuznetsov – camera man, designer and painter
Two sets of equipment: TS-590 , Expert 1,3K – FA , microham CW keyer , computer, antennas DXer 206, Inv-v 30-40 ( CW-SSB 40-10 м )
One DIGI set: IC-706MK2G, microham DIGI KEYER 2 , TNS pator Dragon 7400, iMac , SteppIR BigIR DX ( FT-8, PSK-63, CW 40-10 м )
Band filters – 3 pcs
Yamaha generators EF 2800I – 2 pcs
“Bristol” vessel – 1 pcs
Financial support : https://www.paypal.me/RT9K
For those of you attending Ham Radio Event in Messe Friedrichshafen next week, don’t forget to call in at the Mediterranean DX Club (MDXC) Booth where you will be welcomed by the team on site.
There will be beer, Wine, ‘New Gadgets’ and some Special Sausage available on the stand plus a wide range of MDXC bits and bobs.
There will be also be the facility to make yourself a member of MDXC and all of the benefits that go with it. You will also be able to meet Team Members from the upcoming Z23MD Dxpedition to Zimbabwe.
Lets see you there, have fun and safe travels to all de MDXC !
More information can be found on this website;
”HAM RADIO serves as a platform where radio enthusiasts can get together and exchange information and experience. As one of the largest amateur radio exhibitions in the world, alongside the Hamvention Dayton/Ohio, USA and the Ham Fair in Tokyo/Japan, HAM RADIO attracts exhibitors and visitors from more than 32 countries all round the world to Friedrichshafen. A special feature of HAM is the combination of commercial exhibitors, worldwide networked associations and Europe’s largest radio flea market with some 280 participants from 16 countries.
Our ideal partner is DARC (German Amateur Radio Club). DARC e. V. represents the interests of radio amateurs in Germany, in particular backing their 38,000 members in dealings with associations, organizations, authorities and ministries – also beyond the national borders.”
Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group will activate ALL Irish IOTA Groups.
Using the ‘Echo Juliet’ prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006, EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this summer.
Starting off with ‘Little Saltee Island’ EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th….the groups will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes.
Supported by dxwanted.net a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever works them on 4 different IOTA Groups. So, as a ‘Bonus’ or ‘Joker’ station, EI0DXG will also be QRV from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.
As with all EIDXG activities, please QSL via M0OXO.
vy 73 de Dave EI9FBB
Qsl Cards for the 7Q7EI Trip to Malawi all completed.
They were all mailed this morning as expected so hope you receive them pretty soon.
New Adventure from the MDXC.
For 2018 the MDXC team will be engaged in ZIMBABWE, with call Z23MD. As always, we will be active with 5 stations ( 2xSSB – 2xCW-1xRTTY)
Launching this summer, our Parker #SolarProbe will swoop within 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it.
Learn more about this and another mission that will explore the inner workings of our nearest star: https://go.nasa.gov/2k2GVNZ.
Qsl Cards are now printing for the recent trip to Vanuatu by Grant VK5GR.
A double (Folded) Qsl card will be available for all Direct requests and a two sided (single) Card will be for all bureau requests.
Sunspots are becoming scarce.
Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk:
The fact that sunspots are vanishing comes as no surprise. Forecasters have been saying for years that this would happen as the current solar cycle (“solar cycle 24”) comes to an end.
The surprise is how fast!
See Spaceweather.com for the full report;